Hey, it’s been a few days since we took a look at the various goings-on surrounding the upcoming "Superman Returns" sequel — but not to worry, Man of Steel fans, your news drought endeth today: Kevin Spacey will indeed be returning as non-coifed supervillain Lex Luthor. Plus, have we got new hints about Bryan Singer’s busy slate?
Spacey is currently starring in a production of David Mamet‘s "Speed-the-Plow" at London’s Old Vic Theater (where he’s also the artistic director), as well as filming "Telstar," a film adaptation of Nick Moran and James Hicks’ play about the life of songwriter/producer Joe Meek.
The actor has a number of other projects in the pipeline, including roles in this fall’s "Fred Claus," with Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti, next spring’s Robert Luketic-directed "21," and a pair of tracks on a Dean Martin tribute album.
However, Spacey’s stage commitments and other projects won’t conflict with the "Superman" sequel, because — as you read right here on RT ten days ago — director Bryan Singer won’t be getting started on it until he’s finished with "Valkyrie" and "The Mayor of Castro Street."
At least, that’s what producers of the Harvey Milk biopic say. They’ve been pushing their project for years, so one might sympathize with their struggle to keep the project on Singer’s front burner — which proves difficult when folks in the "Superman" camp are also trying to get their sequel launched.
But the Spacey announcement seems to confirm that Singer will do his Harvey Milk pic before starting "Man Of Steel." From Variety:
"After Singer completes "Valkyrie" and "The Mayor of Castro Street," he plans to start production on "Man of Steel" next year for a 2009 release."
"Man of Steel" is tentatively scheduled for a June 2009 release; our friends at IESB recall Singer hoping to start shooting in summer of ’08 — just enough time to make that release date.
Then again, you can’t start a film without a script. Or without the official go-ahead from the folks who foot the bill.